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This tax bill CAN’T be right!?

Most property tax appeals have been resolved and the tax entities are sending 2021 property tax bills.  Property taxes are paid in arrears, so the property taxes paid in December 2021 or January 2022 are for tax year 2021.

Property tax bills bring unpleasant surprises.

This could be a result of:

  1. Owner did not receive notice of assessed value
  2. Owner planned to protest but did not
  3. Owner did not receive hearing notice and did not attend the hearing
  4. Everything possible was done and there was still a monstrous increase in property taxes.

Property owners still have meaningful avenues to appeal 2021 property taxes using a variety of mechanisms.  There are correction protests and also appeals that the appraisal did not provide either notice of the value or a hearing notice.  These correction protests must be filed by January 31, 2022, or 30 days after the tax bill was mailed, whichever is later.

If you are facing an unexpected large tax bill related to issues 1, 2 or 3, there are good options to get relief.  This includes the option to appeal at all levels.

Conversely, if the current assessment was the result of an appraisal review board hearing, the options are different.  You can’t restart the process and ask for a “do-over”.  You can however consider binding arbitration or a judicial appeal.  There are strict time limits for continuing the appeal after the appraisal review board.  The property owner needs to file a judicial appeal or application for binding arbitration within 60 days of receipt of the appraisal review board hearing results notice.

Many property owners are hesitant to pursue judicial appeals. However, data published by Texas Comptroller Glenn Hegar document owners are successful in further reducing property taxes in over 90% of judicial appeals.

Please call our team at 713 375 4399 for questions or help with a specific property

Blog Author

Patrick O’Connor, MAI, Owner and President
Patrick O’Connor has been active in reducing property taxes, providing expert witness testimony and appraising commercial real estate property since 1983. Pat is active in publishing analyses and data with respect to the real estate market, while being a highly regarded media spokesperson for the real estate community. He holds a MAI, the highest achievable designation from the Appraisal Institute, and is a licensed senior property tax consultant. Pat earned a Master of Business Administration from Harvard University. In 2001, he authored the first definitive consumer guide to Texas property taxes, Cut Your Texas Property Taxes.

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